Five Songs For September, Including "September Song"

James Brown, Making September Cool
September is here. That's right, sometime last May you blinked and the whole summer happened. School bells are now ringing, leaves are falling off the trees and we're about three-and-a-half shopping months away from Christmas.  For whatever reason, September's inspired a number of great jams. From a standard to a classic funk groove, there's a lot of fun to be had, so we've assembled our five favorite September songs.

Eizo Pinza - "September Song" 1950
One of the great hidden gems in the American songbook, "September Song" is a standard that several artists have put their own unique spin on over the years. Originally written by composer Kurt Weill for the 1938 Broadway play Knickerbocker Holiday, the song's taken on a life of its own as a sweet nod down memory lane that leads to appreciating a current love. Opera sensation Ezio Pinza rescued the song from 12 years of obscurity and took it to the top of the charts, additionally singing lines from the play at its start to give it a certain context.

Bing Crosby - "September Song" 1977
September signals the start of autumn as the most vibrant lively elements of the year begin to fade. Likewise, "September Song" lent itself to being a fitting one to ride into the sunset with for crooner Bing Crosby. Recorded less than a month before he died, Crosby sounds like he's giving something of a final bow. It's one last final thank you to his audience, and is the closest thing to his wonderful Christmas album we can get away with playing this time of year.

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